Meet our new trustee, Abdul-Nassir Farraj
Nassir will always recall the morning he left his family in the Jalazone Refugee Camp in the Occupied Palestinian Territories on 24th January, 1977 and landing in Pestalozzi in the afternoon, knowing only a handful of English words. The experience for him from that point was not only an eye opener, but the beginning of a journey that would transform his life and the lives of those around him.
He recalls, "The opportunity granted to me by the PIVT, not only changed my life for the better, it taught me positive values of tolerance, mutual respect, hard work, empathy, professionalism and much more. I will always treasure the values that came with my life at Pestalozzi, and share them with my family, friends and in my professional life. As I reflect back, on my luck and privilege to have had this opportunity of a good education and to escape a guaranteed life of hardship, I think of all the hundreds of millions of children across the developing world who just need such an opportunity to excel and realise their dreams of a better future."
Nassir completed his schooling in Claverham and Bexhill Colleges and his undergraduate and postgraduate studies in London. As soon as he completed his MSc, Nassir returned to Palestine to work in international development.
Over the past 25 years his professional career has taken him to Azerbaijan, Belize, Jordan, Egypt and number of other countries and he has worked for NGOs and charities including the British Council, Global Communities and Save the Children, in leadership roles. He recently returned to the UK, to ensure a more solid education for his children, just as he was fortunate enough to be granted with his Pestalozzi scholarship.
His passion and commitment to equality and empowerment of vulnerable people stems from his early life in the refugee camp and growing up at the Pestalozzi Village.